Five New Books to Read in the New Year

Looking for something new to read in the New Year? We’ve picked our top five new books to read in 2019.

Villains of the Early Church: And How They Made Us Better Christians by Mike Aquilina 

Mike Aquilina’s newest book will help you enter the new year filled with hope and encouragement. You’ll come face-to-face with the Church’s greatest adversaries, but you’ll also meet some of her greatest heroes. Learn how the menace of heresy made Christians smarter and deepened their knowledge of divine mysteries, not to mention inspired some of the most colorful name calling in Church history.

The Last Homily: Conversations with Fr. Arne Panula edited and with an introduction by Mary Eberstadt

Enter the new year with a book that offers wisdom on every aspect of Catholic life—from sweeping discussions on art, history, and theology to everyday challenges like finding your vocation and thriving as a Catholic in a hostile culture. In this book, noted author and speaker Mary Eberstadt offers a needed example of exceptional holiness in the late Fr. Arne Panula. If you’re looking for a unique source of inspiration to start your year off right, this is the book for you.

On Love and Virtue: Theological Essays by Michael S. Sherwin

If your New Year’s resolution is to challenge yourself to learn something new, or if you’re simply interested in deeper theological inquiry, pre-order this collection of essays by the eminent Dominican theologian Michael Sherwin. The definition of love has been a hot topic for some time, and in the new year it’s surely going to be more important than ever to understand the Christian view of sacrificial love. Go deeper into what it means to love with this engaging work.


The Adventure of Discipleship by Daniel A. Keating 

What better way to begin the year than to grow in your personal relationship with Christ? This year, embark on the greatest adventure story ever told—deep friendship with Our Lord. In Daniel Keating’s new book, you’ll discover how the most exciting adventure stories like The Lord of the Rings and modern superhero franchises pale in comparison to the adventure of discipleship.


Genesis to Jesus 

A new year brings a new Journey Through Scripture study! If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to learn more about the Bible and your place in salvation history, now is the perfect time. This March, go to the very foundations of reading the Bible from the heart of the Church with the beautiful video Bible study Genesis to Jesus. Perfect for those who love to read and for those who want a more interactive way to grow in their faith, make sure to join us for free streaming this Lent and to get your participant workbook to enjoy the study to its fullest.


Bonus: Let’s Look at a Masterpiece: Classic Art to Cherish with a Child by Madeleine Stebbins

We’d be remiss if we forgot to include something for the children in our lives. Great art can open up incredible truths to children from a young age. Help children appreciate classic art and contemplate beauty more deeply, a gift that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.